Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Patterson Barn

I am somewhat nervous about making this post. The last time I made a post where I expressed my admiration for a barn the poor thing got torn down and hauled off to Lunenburg County. One day I was writing about how much potential the barn had as a refurbished structure and a few weeks later I was watching it get hauled away. Guess someone else saw that potential too. Well, in all honesty, I am not too woried about anything happening to the barn in today's post.

When I was at North Hills Museum last Friday evening waiting for the wine tasting crowd to arrive, I had a bit of time to roam about the property with my camera. This is always a pleasant way to spend some time as North Hills is a charming property. That night there was something about the way the sunlight was coming over my shoulder and reflecting off of the museum's barn which demanded that I snap a picture. The combination of the blue sky and green grass mixed with red wooden shingles, yellow endboards and black doors is just pretty. For my money, the feature which makes this such a stellar structure is the transom light above the door. This is the focal point for the whole building.

This barn is not a historic structure. I am not even sure that it has ever housed an animal. It was built by Robert Patterson when he owned the North Hills property in the 1960s. It is a post and beam structure made from lumber recycled from other sources. Some of these impressive beams actually run the full depth of the structure. The barn is currently used to house some large artifacts, the museum's storm windows and a couple of public washrooms. If you have the chance to visit North Hills Museum before we close for the season, you can experience how pretty the Patterson Barn is for yourself.

All for now,
RGS

2 comments:

  1. The picture of that barn would make a GREAT hooked rug Ryan!

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  2. I agree with you but I fear that my current skill set is VERY limited in that capacity.
    RGS

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